MusicDish e-Journal - March 22, 2018
MusicDish Advertising Network
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Mike Kaplan Nonet - How's That?
Semi-Sweet Records
By MuzikMan
(more articles from this author)
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

Artist: Mike Kaplan Nonet (
Title: How's That?
Label: Semi-Sweet Records
Genre: Jazz/Big Band, Swing, R & B, Contemporary, Bop

In April 2003, the Mike Kaplan Nonet released their debut release How's That?. The cover of the CD explains the title that is for sure. How do several men calmly sit hundreds of feet above the city on one steel beam without a thought, read the paper, and eat? Such are the mysteries of life, particularly for us folks that would be terrified in that situation. The one thing that is not a mystery is the music of Kaplan and his talented band.

This is jazz music with enough astuteness and intuitiveness that it can change direction and pace at a moments notice, and it does so in grand fashion. Each composition has its own essence and character, sometimes subtle, at times more pronounced. The solo flights in the title track (and many of the other compositions) by Kaplan and his talented brass section are the summit of jazz soloing within the band concept. You will find there are many opportunities to hear every member of the band take off with their instruments as the bandleader gives them room to show their competence and adeptness.

The big band sound is the foundation from which this unit builds its musical house, while post bop and rhythm and blues have strong persuasions as well as contemporary influences that give way at the same time. It all comes together nicely, stretching out into a free form jazz amalgamation. With Kaplan leading the way with his tenor saxophone like all the great players before him, all the rest of the musical parts of the puzzle fall together effortlessly because of his smooth and uniform style with his instrument, not to mention his excellent leadership skills. In a style of music that defines the word improvisation not everyone that records can remain bright and inventive, this band does it with conviction.

There are two tour de force tracks, "Melody for Mom" and "For C.M.," both do a 7th inning stretch that last over ten minutes, highlighting the bands all around talent within the temperate and elegant boundaries of the jazz genre and sub-genres. Every other track in between is generous with time allotments offering the sophisticated and knowledgeable listener their open interpretations. This attitude is what allows the room to spare for each individual musician to spread his wings. The freedom found in this music is awe-inspiring. Although he has plenty of help from his fine band and they deserve a tip of the hat for such a superior effort, I think a lion's share of the credit should go to the author of the compositions and leader Mr. Kaplan. This man has the staying power and talent to become a recognized name in jazz very soon. The only thing he needs now is for more people to discover his music.

1. How's That? 4:44
2. For C.M. 10:21
3. The Crawl 4:57
4. In Reality 7:35
5. Melody For My Mom 10:11
6. Firm Roots 6:52
7. Sudden Stranger 7:56
8. Bye-Ya 5:35
9. Orange Circle Funk 8:38

The Players:
Mike Kaplan : Arranger/Tenor Saxophone
Rob Henke and Bill Mobley: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Pete McGuinness and Ben Williams: Trombone
Bob Hanlon: Alto Saxophone/Clarinet
Ed Xiques: Baritone and Soprano Saxophones
Matt King: Piano
Rick Langmaack: Guitar
Doug Weiss: Bass
Pete MacDonald: Drums

Home » Open Review » Mike Kaplan Nonet - How's That?
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top

MusicDish Advertising Network

Open Review

» MusicDish Review: Kenn Rowell Music Video "It's Good To Be Back"

» MusicDish Music Video Review: "CPR (Start Again)" by Metaract

» Rapper Produkt Releases Inspiring Music Video For His Single "Daddy Was A Dope Boy"

» Kylie Marcus Combines Of Funk And R&B With "Yellow Shirt"

» Searching For Sugar Man: Story Of A Forgotten Prodigy

Open Review Directory

» [2018-03-09] Round Hill Music And Zync Sign Madge To Joint Venture; JV Publishing Venture To Support And Expand Zync's Successful Rights Representation Business

» [2018-03-03] PPL And PRS For Music Launch Licensing Joint Venture; Licensing Of Music Played In Public Now Administered By New Leicester-based Joint Venture, PPL PRS Ltd

» [2018-02-27] Music Festivals And Conferences Pledge To Tackle Gender Inequality; Keychange Initiative Encourages Gender Balance In Music By End Of 2022

» [2018-02-21] Briony Turner And Alec Boateng Promoted To Co-Heads Of A&R, Atlantic Records UK; Turner And Boateng Will Oversee The Atlantic A&R Team, Joint Projects, As Well As Maintaining Their Own Artist Rosters

» [2018-02-21] ICE And Facebook Reach Multi-Territory Music Licensing Agreement; New Deal Will See Songwriters And Composers Remunerated

» [2018-02-20] B-Reel Named Top 10 Most Innovative Company In Music By Fast Company; Global Creative Agency Receives Honor For Its Award-Winning Gorillaz Campaign

» [2018-02-18] YG PLUS And Gracenote To Bring K-POP To Fans Around The World; Gracenote And YG PLUS To Make All K-POP Music More Searchable And Discoverable On Global And Regional Streaming Music Platforms And Services

» [2018-02-17] VNUE Inc. To Acquire Music Rights Startup Soundstr; VNUE Acquisition Aims To Ensure A Fairer Royalty System

» [2018-02-17] Is Podcasting The New Radio?; 25% Of Surveyed Americans Say They've Listened To A Podcast In The Past Month, Up From Less Than 10% In 2008

» [2018-02-01] Insomniac Announces Inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival China Set To Debut In Shanghai; China Marks EDC's Second Location On The Asian Continent

» [2018-02-01] Viberate & Imogen Heap Strive To Give Equal Opportunity To Every Artist; Heap's Main Role In Viberate's Advisory Team Will Be To Help Further Guide Us Toward A Second To None Service For The Live Music Segment

» [2018-01-22] Italian Independent Music Collective Fil1993 Group Signs With MusicDish*China; MusicDish*China Will Be Developing Their Online Presence And Social Media In China As Well As Releasing Their Catalogue To Chinese Streaming Music Services
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

Recording Artist Tiffani LeBlanc Reigns As The #PartyPrincess With New Track "Let's Party"

Hybrid Studios Hosts Annual NAMM Afterparty

High Definition Music Card - The New Way To Experience Music!

DEATH BY MISADVENTURE, New True Mystery Podcast Launches 31st January 2018

Music And Kids Joins Forces With Carnie Wilson, With Plans To Provide One-on-One After-School Music Education To Thousands Of Middle And High School Students

Don Dawil's Valentine's Day Debut Latin Single "Necesito Verte"

Taking Applications - The 23rd Annual USA Songwriting Competition

Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships